Need some comparative Info

  1. I will be taking my GRE and MCATs soon, so I have been looking at grad schools/med schools. I understand the NP role/description. I have also found a masters program for a "CNS - Clinical Nurse Specialist". I dont personally know any CNS graduates, and I was wondering if someone could tell me what a Clinical Nurse Specialist does.

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  3. by   WashYaHands
    A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is a master's prepared, advanced practice nurse whose care focuses on a specific patient population defined either by clinical type or geographical grouping (medical, surgical, diabetic, cardiovascular, etc.), or by the needs of a specific age group (geriatric, neonatal). The CNS role is divided into five dimensions: practitioner, educator, consultant/collaborator, researcher and advocate/role model. The CNS uses all these roles fairly equally. The NP uses all these roles, but there is an emphasis on the Practitioner role.
    As clinician, the CNS applies experience and advanced theoretical knowledge to complex patient-care situations and strives to improve patient outcomes. A hallmark of CNS practice is the ability to recognize the need to deviate from the norm or the established rules for the sake of individualizing care. The CNS skills in assesment are used to examine the entire clinical situation, the patient's and family's response to it, and the staff's needs for assistance, coordination, and support in providing needed care.
    The role of educator is realized using principles of education using formal and informal teaching methodologies to impart knowledge to others (patient and family educ., staff education, interdisciplinary team educ outside of nursing, and community educ.).
    The researcher role includes involvement in research and dissemination of research based information to administration and staff to improve patient care. The CNS may write protocols based on current research. The also perform QA and QI research statistics.
    The function of the CNS has traditionally been a staff role, which frees the CNS of administrative responsibilities, but allows them to contribute to quality of patient care and quality of work environment for staff, although, they must manage aspects of their own practices.
    Some states authorize CNS practice and protect that title by law. Some states only allow Psych CNS practice, and some states do not authorize CNS practice at all. 21 of 48 states allow prescriptive authority for the CNS if they meet the requirements for that authority set by the BOD.

    They also should know how to spell, please fogive my typos.

    If you need more info, let me know. I'm currently in a master's program with a focus on Community Health CNS practice.

  4. by   BrandyBSN

  5. by   RNKitty
    I have heard that some MSN programs require 1 year of clinical experience before entry, with valid reasons. Are you planning on continuing straight on through, or working. After working for 5 years, I feel I would get much more out of a Masters now than I would have without the experience.

    Just a thought. Good luck to whatever you decide!
  6. by   BrandyBSN
    If i end up going to med school, I will go straight through. If I choose an APN degree I will work for a year, then start 1/2 time, probably through an online offering, while I continue to work.
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    Check out The American Assoc. of Nurse Practitioners

    National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  8. by   BrandyBSN

    Your links always amaze me I think you have atleast 2 for any topic possible

  9. by   NRSKarenRN
    25 years in nursing, active in ANA plus a thirst for and are great for finding what I know is out there if it's not on ANA's nursing world website.

    Think it's my mother's writing ability blooming at flashes keepin the mind churnin these days , LOL.